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Nappy bag packing checklist

Mother packing a nappy bag for babyA well-stocked nappy bag means you’ll be ready for anything when you’re out and about with a baby!

When Murphy came up with his all-too-true rule he might have had babies in mind because the first time you rush out the door without a spare nappy will be the day baby decides to show you what a number three really is! Remember what can go wrong, will go wrong. So best be prepared for when it does.

Here’s a checklist of handy items to pack in your nappy bag.

Oh – and remember to re-stock your nappy bag when you get back at home so that it’s ready to go the next time you go out.

Nappy bag packing checklist

For changing …

  • nappies (at least 3)
  • nappy rash cream
  • portable change mat
  • tissues
  • wipes (small travel pack)
  • sanitising lotion for your hands
  • plastic nappy disposal bags or ‘wetbag’ for cloth nappies
  • a full change of clothes for baby
  • a change of top for you (just in case …)
  • a swim nappy or warm clothes (jumper, socks) depending on the weather

For feeding …

younger babies

  • insulated bottle holder (if bottlefeeding)
  • bottles & formula (if bottlefeeding)
  • bib(s)
  • burp cloth / muslin wrap

older babies

  • a drink
  • snacks (+ spoon and bowl if needed)
  • wipes for little hands/faces


  • a favourite toy or teething ring
  • a blanket to lie on
  • a dummy (if you use one)
  • hat
  • clothes to cover baby or a light muslin for the pram
  • infant sunscreen
  • insect repellent
  • plastic bag (for rubbish or soiled clothes)

Your stuff

  • wallet
  • keys
  • mobile phone
  • sunglasses / hat
  • sunscreen lotion
  • bottle of water
  • nursing pads (for breastfeeding mums)

Tips from Bub Hub forum members …

“I also keep my camera in there – that way it’s on me at all times and at home I know exactly where it is!” – SuPeRsTaRrR

“In the bottom of his pram I keep a blanket and muslin wrap. In the car I keep a small cosmetic bag with a few nappies, wipes, nappy sacks and a disposable change mat in case of emergencies.” – MonkeysMama

“As she got older I also put a sippy cup of water in the side part for her and a container with grapes or steamed apple or something for her to munch on” – swimmingupstream

“I always also keep $2-$3 in change in a pocket in the nappy bag, comes in handy when I’m low on change for parking meters” – meeka2k

“When my son was a baby and I was breastfeeding I also used to have a spare top for me in the nappy bag, in case I leaked or got leaked/chucked on. I needed it more than once too.” – Bubbalugs#2

“I have about four nappies for each of my two, wipes, Vaseline, a dummy, two sippy cups with water, water bottle with spare water, snacks, sunscreen. – MagicalLeopluradon

“When DD was a newbie I always carried a spare shirt and bra for me in case my boobs leaked through the breastpad, or I got puked/pee’ed on.” – Merla

“My must in the bag is pawpaw ointment. I swear by the stuff for nappy rash.” – leightag


What to pack in a nappy bag/diaper bagPRINT OUR CHECKLIST!

We’ve made a handy nappy bag packing checklist for you to print out! Stick it on the door in your baby’s room so you never leave the house unprepared again!

Nappy Bag packing checklist



More useful links:

Find a shop selling nappy bags and change mats

Find a general nursery equipment shop

Read parents reviews of wipes, nappy rash cream, nappies and breast pads

Find shops selling travel baby products

Look for shops selling kids rain, sun and swim products

Find stores selling sleeping & settling products – inc wraps & travel blankets

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2 comments so far -

  1. Great list of thing to pack! One thing I forgot to pack was my phone and camera charger. A bit hard to take photos when your battery is flat after a long labour.

  2. If you are using bottles and formula, I suggest you take more than you anticipate needing.
    If your vehicle breaks down or you have a delay in any way, baby may need extra fees, in which case you may also need more nappies etc. Our car broke down once in bad weather and we had to wait over an hour for initial assistance, then longer for a motor vehicle recovery truck to take us and our car home. Luckily we had exta supplies of bottles, formula and boiled water with us.

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